Spanning more than 4,000 years, from the Early Bronze Age to 325 B.C.E., this Encyclopedia provides an overview of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran/Persia, the Arabian Peninsula and more. This 4-vol. set is fully illustrated, and including sidebars, marginal definitions and maps, this set provides an accurate, comprehensive and accessible research reference for students, and is modeled Ancient Greece and Rome and The Middle Ages.
"The Ancient Near East (ANE) is a four-volume set directed particularly toward middle and high school students. It derives from an earlier four-volume work titled Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, which is now a standard reference work in college, university, and many public libraries. The entries in ANE consist of discussions of topics that encompass all the cultures of the area--Mesopotamia, Anatolia (modern Turkey), Syria and the Levant, Arabia, Iran, Egypt, and the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. Many of the entries include materials from several cultures. The entries also include very specific topics, such as the Hyksos, Gilgamesh, Byblos, and Cambyses II. ... The presentation of the material takes the form of a main column of text, with sidebars providing very defined information and separate definitions of words deemed unfamiliar to the intended audience. Illustrations of various kinds frequent the pages. ... A map of the entire ancient Near East and surrounding areas appears on the end pages of each volume with specialized maps that are included with appropriate topics. Finally, in addition to a full index for all four volumes in each volume, the fourth volume includes both a general and a number of specialized bibliographies and a page of annotated Website addresses. In sum, this set makes a valuable addition to any public school and public library, particularly because its inclusion of the practices of several cultures under one topic provides a much-needed affirmation that these ancient cultures co-existed with one another."
-- ARBA (2002)
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